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Book services by a professional book designer.
NancyStarkman.com is a book service to make professional book design more affordable for self-publishers. To do this, I am streamlining the process. Having much experience, I know where the stumbling blocks are in the book design process. These problems can waste so much time and money. Save money and still have a beautifully designed book. I am a book designer, not just a graphic artist. There is a difference!
I see many authors of children’s picture books for children who needed high-quality book design in order to sell more books. However, usually the design fees combined with other costs are out of reach for many. That is why I set up NancyStarkman.com.
I do the design.
Nothing is done by a “desktop” publisher that your intuition tells you might be a mistake. I fix those kinds of books! Mistakes cost $100 an hour of my time, with a minimum of $50. Realize that quite often, a basic fee at a service provider or a printer for simply opening up a file to make a change, can easily cost a minimum fee of $350. Having said that, this is an experiment at NancyStarkman.com. I hope to stay with the “Express” pricing for our book services, but it is really important that authors stick to the parameters that I set up.
However, I really enjoy book design, so must so that I wrote the book Book Design: Simple & Professional. It is available on Amazon. I can design your book too, as part of my book services. But then, there is also the Standard book design.
Book design for any type of book.Quite possibly you don’t have a board book or a children’s book. Maybe the page count is higher. I’ve designed many large format, high page count coffee table books, photography books, art books, and much more. Some of the books that I have been designing in recent years are in a carousel at the top of this page, and there are many more books as my work spans decades.
Children’s book and board book services.
I want to give authors of children’s picture books and board books the lowest design fees.
- An initial 30-minute consultation is complimentary.
- We will work with files on DropBox. Join for free.
- Provide all materials at once, not individually, including manuscript, illustrations, ISBN and barcode. Need an ISBN or bar code? Go to ISBN.org.
- The manuscript must be proofread & editing done in advance.
- Page count or paper thickness vary. Email the spine width to us from your service provider. If designing a hardcover book, we need cover wrap specifications too.
- Design PDFs: Before completing the book, the author receives one cover PDF and one interior book PDF with title page, copyright page, and 2 or 3 book pages for approval.
- AAs (Author’s Alternations, corrections or changes) are $100 an hour, minimum of 30 minutes per session.
- We are not responsible for any errors by author or designer after author approval.
- It usually takes just a few days to complete, depending on a quick author approval.
- Printers’ PDFs: We provide print-ready PDFs for book and cover. We do not provide the Adobe InDesign files.
- Dust jacket and endpapers are an additional design cost.
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The first 30 minute consultation is complimentary for book design services. Most questions can be answered in this time. I am looking forward to working with you!